The Mt Cannibal & District Preservation Group encourages all local residents to attend the Friends of Mt Cannibal event on March 20th 2016 to learn more about the wonderful Mt Cannibal flora and fauna and why it is so important to protect it from environmental threats.
REASONS FOR DECISION UNDER ENVIRONMENT EFFECTS ACT 1978
Title of Proposal: Garfield North Quarry
Proponent: Hanson Construction Materials Pty Ltd
Description of Project:
The proposal is for a granite quarry with an ultimate footprint of 134 hectares on a 280 hectare site, to extract 70-100 million tonnes over a period of about 80-120 years. The quarry is likely to extend to a maximum depth of about 140 metres below the current land surface. A new road is proposed to be built on-site, connecting the proposed processing plant southwards to Tonimbuk Road. The proposal includes crushers, stockpiles, process water storages and a landscaping buffer.
The Minister for Planning has decided that an Environment Effects Statement (EES) is required for the proposed Hanson Garfield North quarr...
The committee is dissatisfied with Hanson's response as many of the questions and concerns put forward by the committee and the local community have not been answered fully or not at all.
The Committee have also requested copies of the reports contained in the original Feasibility Study undertaken 7 years ago. These reports address all the key areas of concern including Environment, Heritage, Water, Traffic etc... and although completed some years ago, and could now be subject to revision, are of great interest to the residents.
The Hanson Project Manager Daniel Fyfe had agreed to provide these reports to the Committee by late July, but to date, they have not been forthcoming.
The Committee will continue to pursue Hanson on behalf of the community.
In 2006, Hanson Construction Materials Pty Ltd (Hanson) purchased 157 hectares of freehold land in Sanders Road, Garfield North for the purpose of developing a quarry. The site contains a granite reserve which Hanson will extract, process and transport to markets, particularly for development projects within Cardinia, Casey and Frankston areas. It is expected the site will have an operating life up to 100 years processing 2 million tonnes of granite per annum at full production.
In accordance with the commitment made at the recent meeting in the Hanson Offices and taking into account the purchase of the Tonimbuk Equestrian Centre, Hanson’s responses to the questions raised by the community in the past are provided below.
1. What is the feasibility study?
Since January 2010, the application for approval to extract sand, stone and clay in Victoria has been guided by the Mineral Resource...